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  • Melba S. Lehner became a full-time faculty member and department head (1950).
  • Weber College established the Child Development – Parent Education laboratory, a nursery school on campus (1950-1951).
  • In partnership with the Utah State Department of Education and Ogden City Schools, the Family Life Institute started with a two-day conference addressing current issues facing families.
  • Weber College moved to its new campus on Harrison Boulevard in Ogden.
  • The Tri Vista Club was renamed the Home Economics Club.


  • The department changed its name to the Department of Home and Family Living.
  • The 1959 legislature authorized Weber College to extend its instructional program to four years.


  • The first junior year of coursework was offered in 1962-63, and the first senior year of coursework in 1963-64.


  • The Family Life four-year program was approved in 1966-67.
  • The department awarded its first baccalaureate degree in 1968.
  • The department was housed in the Division of Life Science until 1966-67 and transferred to the School of Education in 1967-68.
  • The department changed its name to Family Life Department.
  • The Early Childhood Education program was instituted in collaboration with the Department of Teacher Education (1971).


  • WSU’s first campus child care center opened.
  • The college moved into the newly built education building
  • The department changed its name to Department of Child and Family Studies.


  • The department was awarded a contract to train teachers for the Indian Head Start CDA program.
  • Training teachers for the Tri-state Indian Program (10 reservations with a 3,000 to 4,000 mile radius) garnered the department international recognition.


  • The Families Alive Conference began in 1984.


  • The Family Education Center was approved by the Board of Regents.


  • The department mission statement was created, along with a detailed five-year plan.
  • The Early Childhood and Early Childhood Education curriculums were aligned with NAEYC Guidelines.
  • The TEACH program for emotionally disturbed and/or behaviorally disordered preschoolers was integrated into the Children's School.


Revised 01/31/17